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EndNote support

Getting started with EndNote

EndNote is a tool that helps you to collect and store all the references you have found from different sources. You can use EndNote to insert and format in-text citations and bibliographies within Microsoft Word documents.

EndNote is available on all University cluster PCs and accessible off-campus via Desktop Anywhere. Staff and students can purchase personal copies of the software (for PC or Mac) from Bilaney Consultants.

This guide will help you to create and manage an EndNote library, export and enter references, and use EndNote to insert citations and a bibliography.

Download a print version of a guide to using EndNote X8 (PDF)

Watch our training videos

Take a look at our training videos for EndNote. The following playlist contains 15 videos that cover all the basics of using EndNote to add and manage references and insert them into your document. Or watch a recording of one of our webinars: Referencing made easy(ish): introducing EndNote.

Top tips for using EndNote

Here are our top tips for using EndNote:

  • Create one library to keep all your references in the same place.
  • Use the groups feature to organise your references.
  • Always save a back-up copy of your EndNote library by selecting File > Save a copy.
  • Check for duplicate references on a regular basis. Having duplicates in your EndNote library can cause a number of problems, especially when you start to reference your work.
  • Check that the references are appearing properly in your work by comparing them with the official referencing guidelines for your style. If a reference is not appearing correctly in Word, you may need to edit the reference details in your EndNote library or double check that you are using the right output style.

Further help

If you would like a more comprehensive guide, download the full EndNote X8 user manual (PDF). This gives detailed instructions for all aspects of using EndNote, including:

  • creating a separate bibliography (p.405)
  • editing output styles (p.115)
  • merging multiple bibliographies (p.349)
  • inserting figures (p.66)
  • entering special characters (p.65)
  • import filters (p.149)
  • term lists (p.247)
  • using the find full text feature (p.285).

If you would like further training, EndNote webinars, videos and guides are available from Thomson Reuters.